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Every Belgium Resident to Get Iodine Ration

Amid fears of an ISIS dirty bomb or nuclear plant meltdown

(Newser) - Last month's terrorist attacks in Brussels heightened already existing fears of ISIS building and setting off a dirty bomb in Belgium, and now the government is taking no chances. Health Minister Maggie De Block announced Thursday that iodine pills—which counteract radiation buildup in the thyroid gland, the part... More »

Iodine Deficiency While Pregnant Can Hurt Baby's IQ

Study reminds women to eat fish, drink milk

(Newser) - Don't forget to include dairy products and fish in your diet while pregnant: Those are good sources of iodine, and a new study finds that it's important for your baby's mental development that you get enough of it while you're expecting. Researchers looked at more than... More »

Crotchety Inventor, 88, Wants DEA to Stuff It

Meth crackdown brings halt to his water-purification product

(Newser) - An 88-year-old tinkerer in California who invented a nifty water-purification product for hikers or disaster survivors is effectively out of business, all because of a DEA crackdown on meth dealers. As the San Jose Mercury News explains, Bob Wallace's "Polar Pure" bottles contain iodine crystals, and the feds... More »

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